A Letter from the District Attorney

Welcome to the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office website

The 23rd JDA has the responsibility and authority to investigate and prosecute crimes in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption and St. James. In addition, your District Attorney’s office handles a wide variety of other matters within the district including child support enforcement, juvenile matters, and the civil representation of most of the public entities located in the 23rd Judicial District. Ricky Babin, who was elected twice by the residents of that tri-parish area, is the District Attorney. Joining District Attorney Babin is a team of Assistant District Attorneys, Researchers, Investigators and Administrative and Support staff, all focused on one common goal, – the full and effective prosecutions of criminals in order to keep our tri-parish area the safest it can be.

We invite you to take a look around, where you will find useful information on many services we offer, along with a personnel list so you can reach the right people at the right time.


During the week of August 6-August 10, 2018, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court, parishes of Ascension, Assumption, and St. James.

Ascension Parish: Phillip Ferdinand, 8623 Rush Ave. Baton Rouge, LA., age 29, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (2 counts) and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance. The defendant was…READ MORE

Geismar Man Sentenced to 22 ½ Years in Prison Following 2017 Fatal Crash

          On May 14, 2018, Kenneth Lewis of 37313 Cornerview Rd. Geismar, LA., age 30, pled guilty to Vehicular Homicide and 1st Degree Vehicular Negligent Injuring. Lewis was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Joni Buquoi, and presiding over this matter…READ MORE